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Context Travel - Day Tours
Ranked #129 of 428 Tours in Istanbul
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Owner description: We organize small-group (6 people max) walking tours of Istanbul, led by scholars, professors, and experts in a given topic. A finalist in National Geographic's Geotourism Challenge, Context walks offer a sustainable alternative to large group tours.
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We had the most amazing 3-hours with our docent Ceylan in Istanbul. She inspired us with her knowledge, warmth and interest in the art, architecture and history of Hagia Sofia and ancient Istanbul. She was also incredibly helpful in directing us to our next unstructured culinary and educational activities. Context travel was extremely professional, organized and a pleasure to work with. A great resource in the world of travel.

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Our family took two private tours with Context in Istanbul - the first was Hagia Sofia/Hippodrome/Basilica Cistern with Arzu and the second was the Blue Mosque/Topkapi with Claire. Both Arzu and Claire were terrific - extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful, engaging. None of our questions, however obscure, stumped either of them. And they were both really gracious and patient with our restless boys (Claire was particularly skilled at making the material interesting and relatable to young people). Very highly recommended!

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Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful experience. Graduate student-level tour so if you just want things pointed out then pay less & get less. If you want a great history lesson from a very knowledgeable guide, this is for you. Tiny groups (we had three people one day and just the two of us the next day). Claire was our guide at Topkapi Palace yesterday and Ebru at Hagia Sofia today. Great perspective difference between an American expat and a native Turkish guide. Truly memorable both days. HIGHLY recommend.

1  Thank Jimmy C
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed the Curated Lunch with docent Renan Yucel while in Istanbul last week. Everyone in our group of five declared that this was one of the highlights of our visit to Greece and Turkey.

The walk included tours of markets, tastings of local specialities, introduction to the best food shops and lunch at Ciya, where we were warmly greeted and served a delicious feast. In fact, I believe the Turkish cuisine is now my favorite.

Thank you Context Travel for once again providing excellent service.

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We did two tours- the Hagia Sophia and the Golden Horn Tour, and they were both excellent. Claire, our guide, was so knowledgeable... she really made the history come alive.

1  Thank Sandra M
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